August 2, 2014

Medina
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Thousands of dollars in fireworks found during drug raid

LIVERPOOL TWP. — Medina County Drug Task Force agents searched a home and barn Monday at 5580 Sleepy Hollow Road and discovered marijuana and about $20,000 worth of fireworks.

Acting on a search warrant, agents sought a possible indoor marijuana grow operation on the property. They discovered about a half-pound of marijuana and two marijuana plants, according to a news release.

They also found a large quantity of commercial-grade fireworks, in 43 plastic tubs, and a container labeled “explosives” in the house and a nearby horse barn, said Gary Hubbard, task force director.

Hubbard said it is illegal to possess fireworks in Ohio, and having them is a misdemeanor, unless there’s a previous conviction.

The amount of marijuana confiscated constitutes a felony, he said.

An agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Summit County sheriff’s bomb squad secured the area.

The fireworks, valued at about $20,000, will be disposed of by the bomb squad. Six guns, including semi-automatic rifles, pistols and shotguns, and the marijuana were seized as evidence, according to the news release.

The task force also was helped by deputies from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office. No arrests have been made yet and the investigation is ongoing, Hubbard said.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.